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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, as well as retail, brand and marketing strategies. She has also interviewed industry leaders across the globe. As managing editor Leonie has travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, and continues to deliver keynote speeches, chair roundtable and panel sessions at conferences, and write about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces. 

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just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

Li & Fung has set out its new plans as full year net profit tumbled 47% to US$223mLi & Fung looks to speed, innovation and digitalisation 29 March 2017

Global sourcing specialist Li & Fung has blamed a tough retail environment for almost halving its full year profit, and says it is reorganising its businesses into two major divisions as it refocuses on speed, innovation and digitalisation for its next three-year plan.


Woong-Ki Kim, chairman of Sae-A, and Jovenel Moise, the President of Haiti, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of S&H Secondary SchoolApparel group Sae-A opens second school in Haiti 28 March 2017

South Korea's Sae-A Trading, one of the world's largest apparel manufacturers and exporters, has reiterated its commitment to Haiti, where it employs more than 10,000 people, by opening a second school in the country.


The US consumer population is one of the most ethnically and size diverse on the planetBig data to help US firms make better fitting clothes 27 March 2017

A new strategic partnership announced today (27 March) has the potential to help apparel brands and retailers make better fitting clothes by giving them access to big data and analysis on the shape and size of the diverse and complex US consumer population.


New project to boost SMEs in China's Guangdong Province 27 March 2017

A new project has been launched to improve the productivity, competiveness and sustainability of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in China’s Guangdong Province that supply international brands.


The EU’s retaliatory duty on women’s and girls’ jeans made in the US and classified under HTSEU 6204.62.31 are set to increase from 0.45% to 4.3% from 1 MayEU mulls duty hike on US women’s and girls' jeans 27 March 2017

The European Commission is mulling a ten-fold hike in the duty paid on imports of some women’s and girls’ jeans imported into the European Union from the United States.


Digitalisation and data can enable speed, agility and innovation at retail and across the supply chainPSF 2017 – Using digitalisation and data to disrupt supply chains 24 March 2017

The apparel industry and its supply chain needs to start thinking differently if it is to deliver on demands for speed, customisation and transparency – with the biggest impact set to come from digitalisation of products and processes and analysis of the resulting data.


PVH's Tommy Hilfiger business will be one of the beneficiaries of the new strategic supply chain partnership with Li & FungLi & Fung to create "supply chain of the future" for PVH 24 March 2017

Hong Kong-based global sourcing specialist Li & Fung has inked a new deal to create the "supply chain of the future" for PVH Corp, owner of the Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein brands.


While technology is key to improving the efficiencies of apparel production processes and operations, it also requires changes to skillsets within supply chainsPSF 2017 – Unlocks for the future fashion sourcing landscape 22 March 2017

Economic uncertainty and upheaval in global trade agreements are immaterial if the apparel and footwear industry can't respond, engineer and produce products that consumers want to buy. Investment in automation and efficiencies, as well as facing up to skills shortages, are among the unlocks for the future fashion sourcing landscape.


Global trade is governed by nearly 300 treaties that are PSF 2017 – Geo-political uncertainty and how to survive it 21 March 2017

Global political frictions and economic uncertainty, coupled with a sea-change across the retail sector thanks to the rise of e-commerce, digitally-connected consumers, 'see now, buy now' expectations, fickle millennials, store closures and competition from online specialists, are all creating a perfect storm for apparel sourcing executives to try to navigate.


Dutch Parliament backs child labour due diligence law 10 March 2017

The Dutch Parliament has adopted a law requiring companies to determine whether child labour occurs in their supply chains – and set out a plan of action on how to combat it.


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